Tuesday, April 02, 2002
Often, people are confused by Matthew 1:23 and Luke 1:31. It seems to them as if the angel told Mary to name her son both Emmanuel and Jesus (respectively). However, this isn't quite so. In Matthew, it is said that "they will call him Emmanuel," while in Luke the angel actually tells Mary to name her son Jesus. Now, Emmanuel means "God is with us," and Jesus means "he saves." This fits very well with the accounts. The people called him the Son of God, which is synonymous with the idea that God is with them. As Christ was the Savior, it's appropriate that his name means that.
Not enough for a Theological Foray, but I thought I'd mention it.